Socialist Worker

Anti-racism and anti-fascism round-up

Issue No. 2507

Counter-protesters in Glasgow

Counter-protesters in Glasgow (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Fascist SDL humiliated in Glasgow

Around 300 anti-fascists saw off a pathetic showing of the Scottish Defence League (SDL) in Glasgow’s George Square last Saturday.

The fascist group had hoped to stage a rally outside Glasgow Central Mosque, but were denied permission.

There were speakers from a range of organisations, including the Scottish National Party, Green Party, the FBU and EIS unions and Unite Against Fascism.

Charlotte Ahmed

Anti-fascists in Rotherham stand firm against Pegida

Anti-fascists joined forces with Rotherham 12 justice campaigners to oppose the fascist Pegida in Rotherham last Saturday.

It was organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in response to the 17th fascist march in the South Yorkshire town in just 18 months.

UAF’s local rally of 150 matched Pegida’s national mobilisation.

The Rotherham 12 are a group of Muslim men who were charged with “violent disorder” after a march by Nazi Britain First last September.

Racists are trying to exploit the child sexual abuse scandal in Rotherham.

The Rotherham 12 have a court hearing in October.

Activists outnumber Nazis in Brighton

Around 400 people marched in Brighton last Saturday to stop the Nazi South Coast Resistance holding a rally against migrants.

The dozen or so fascists had kept their assembly point secret.

But the Nazis were tracked down, forced to abandon their rally and retreated to a sea-front bar where they were taunted and barracked.

Anti-fascists then moved off for a lively demonstration through the city centre.

Meanwhile the Brighton-based Hummingbird project mounted a “Refugees are welcome” bloc on the Kemptown Carnival parade.

Fitz from Brighton and Hove Stand Up to Racism said, “We made it clear that racists are not welcome in Brighton, but that migrants and refugees are.”

Ken Montague

Britain first no-show in Leicester

Anti-fascists gathered at the clock tower in Leicester last Saturday to stop Britain First setting up a stall.

The Nazi group had held stalls during the previous two weekends.

Having been chased out of town on both occassions, the Nazis didn’t show up for a third time. They decided to poison the streets of Canterbury instead.

The counter demo was called by the Unite union’s Community branch and was supported by Leicester Unite Against Fascism.

David Wainwright

Defend Shafiq Mohammed

Shafiq Mohammed, who was arrested on a refugee solidarity demonstration last November, is facing charges of racially aggravated breach of the peace and resisting arrest. Campaigners planned to rally outside the court on Thursday 9 June at 10am, Ayr Sheriff Court, Sheriff Court House, Wellington Square, Ayr KA7 1EE.

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Activists plan to demonstrate against racist thug Donald Trump when he visits Scotland on 22 June

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